Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.)

College of Community and Public Affairs

Public Administration (MPA)


PO Box 6000

Binghamton, NY 13902

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), Binghamton University's Master's of Public Administration (MPA) program works in collaboration with community-based organizations to prepare students to be tomorrow's leaders, innovators, and public and non-profit service managers. Graduates are equipped with practical, real-world experiences and the theoretical framework needed to tackle today's toughest societal issues.

An MPA is a marketable professional degree that prepares students for management careers in public and nonprofit organizations. It is ideal for students who are committed to public service, would like to be leaders in public and nonprofit organizations, and want to make a positive difference in the world. 

As organizations reshape, restructure, and respond to shifts in economic, demographic, and social realities, public servants must be trained as problem solvers. Opportunities abound for those able to think critically, creatively, and ethically. With a variety of roles to fill in every city and state, MPA students are attractive hires for positions that allow them to make positive change. Graduates can also compete for business and other private-sector openings that require management and financial analysis experience.

Degrees Offered

  • MPA in Public Administration
  • MPA in Public Administration (Dual-Degree with MSW)
  • MPA in Public Administration (Dual-Degree with MS in Student Affairs Administration)
  • MPA in Public Administration (Dual-Degree with MS in Nursing, Community Health)
  • Professional Development


This program affords students the chance to get involved in community and public affairs as soon as they begin the program. The faculty serve in a range of community organizations in advisory and management roles and lend their connections to students as they develop their own individualized courses of study.

Students are afforded more than 300 hours of professional experiences through internships with public or non-profit organizations in the greater Binghamton area, across the country, and around the world. The Department of Public Administration hosts several study abroad experiences and the Philanthropy Incubator, a unique program that gives students the chance to work through community issues and distribute grant money to local non-profit organizations.

These opportunities -- as well as certificates in local government management and non-profit administration and a specialization in sustainable communities -- allow students to personalize the MPA program to fit their academic and professional interests. 


Binghamton University - SUNY is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for graduate study, you must: Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following: You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University Have earned, at minimum, one of the following: A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail) A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

International Student Requirements:

International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.) Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Duolingo* scores) *In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency for applications to the fall 2020 semester.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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